ROTHERHAM United will aim to turn the screw on faltering Oxford United as they strive to ensure they don’t fall too far behind the leading pack.
A handful of points is nothing at this early stage of the season so the worry beads aren’t being fingered by any prospective promotion candidate lying in mid-table or even in the bottom half.
But with two successive away games to follow Oxford’s visit to the New York Stadium on Saturday, the Millers will want to ensure they haven’t dropped any further behind by the time they are a quarter of the way through the fixtures, which teams will be by next week.
Leaders Gillingham are streaking out in front and are already 11 points ahead of Rotherham which is a sizeable number.
If Rotherham did only as well from their next eight games as their opening eight then, after 16 games, they’d only have the points tally Gillingham have got at this moment!
Of course, Rotherham won’t be overly-concerning themselves with anyone who becomes runaway leaders. Third place is one cut-off point and the play-offs is the other.
Oxford, managed by ex-Millers and one-time Blades defender Chris Wilder and with former Millers defender Michael Raynes, won their first three league games.
However, they have since endured a losing streak and haven’t picked up a point in their last five league games.
The last win was a big one, however, beating neighbours and bitter rivals Swindon 1-0 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Rotherham have Kari Arnason and David Noble available. Striker Daniel Nardiello, left out for the last three games, is in line for a recall.
Rotherham have looked into the entrance problem endured at the home game against Torquay.
The automatic ticketing system wasn’t functioning leading to lengthy queues before the game and delays getting in before kick off.
The club said they would investigate in a bid to ensure no further problem.
The reserves game at Walsall which was postponed on Tuesday, will now be played on Wednesday, October 24 (2pm).
Their next fixture is against Ronnie Moore’s Tranmere at Parkgate on Wednesday, October 10 (2pm).